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22. Juni 2010, 24. Juni 2010

Exact Cost of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Programs Not Known, GAO Says
Disparities in accounting procedures used by various branches of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex are preventing the United States from pinpointing the exact total cost of maintaining its nuclear deterrent and the arsenal's associated support system, congressional investigators said in a report made public Monday.
The expense of operating and caring for weapons sites and related support components probably "significantly" outstrips funds for the work requested by the Barack Obama administration for fiscal 2009, the Government Accountability Office report states, citing responses provided to congressional auditors by relevant facilities.
The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semiautonomous Energy Department agency, receives roughly $6.4 billion each year for maintaining and securing U.S. nuclear weapons, the document notes. The administration has indicated it would seek $4.25 billion in additional funding for the nuclear weapons activities between the 2011 and 2015 fiscal years, writes Global Security Newswire.



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